Nicole Hunter is a freelance writer and a moderator for Black Gamers Revolution. This community Black gamers extends to Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and Discord, providing a safe space for Black gamers to share their experiences free of harassment or the wed to educate others. The group regularly plays in online games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, and Destiny 2.
In this episode, I chat with Nicole about how she got her start as a freelance writer, how she decides what to publish where, and her thoughts on Golf Story, an indie RPG for the Nintendo Switch. We then talk about Black Gamers Revolution: the need for such a space, who it serves, and how it’s policed. Plenty of safe spaces exist for cisgender and heterosexual demographics, but what about intersectionality? How does one make a safe space for everyone, and what rules are necessary? What are identity politics, and do we need them? Also, is Assassin’s Creed Origins problematic, or does it handle representation and diversity without whitewashing?
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Nicole Hunter‘s portfolio:
- “Golf Story Does Some Pretty Cool Things with Text“
- “The Poetry of Doki-Doki Literature Club“
- Black Gamers Revolution
- Polygamer #52: Tristan D. Lalla as Adéwale from Assassin’s Creed IV
- Polygamer #38: Ashe Dryden of AlterConf on codes of conduct
- Groups similar to BGR:
- Polygamer #02: Keisha Howard of The Sugar Gamers